'The Vampire Diaries' 406 Review - "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes"
This week on The Vampire Diaries, we possibly get introduced to the real big bad of the season, someone wises up that Elena is nothing but trouble, and Klaus actually does something right -- until the Salvatore brothers fuck it up as they are want to do.
I am almost positive that the show is going to be pulling the good ol’ sun and moon curse switcharoo again this season. Everyone is so adamant that this hunter’s mark will lead to a cure, because that’s what they’ve all been told. I feel, however, something far more sinister is at play. Professor Shane has a little road show over at the high school where he tells us the story of Silas. A powerful witch who sought out eternal life for himself and used a lovely lady witch to achieve it, but when the witch found out that Silas was a dirtbag that wanted immortality for himself and his real lady love, she murders the woman and buries Silas alive as well as strip him of his powers. Now I’m getting the tingles that Shane is really Silas, so if he’s so interested in where the road map leads I think it’s a big red flag that what’s there isn’t the cure for vampirism.
What’s most troubling about this possibility is that this means they’re doing a major retread of what they’ve done before. The show in season two had us completely going on the sun and the moon curse until the proverbial rug was pulled out from under us. With a show like The Vampire Diaries that’s already having a lot of issues carried over from last season to this one well, it doesn’t inspire confidence that they’re still bursting with creativity.
One of the biggest issues has been that Elena always seems so righteous, but she’s rarely hurt and her friends always get all the collateral damage. Something that’s brought up this episode not once but twice. First by Katherine, well the hallucination of Katherine, who flat-out tells Elena that she’s a horrible person and that Bonnie probably hates her, (we all know Bonnie doesn’t, but she really fucking should). It was amazing to see the non-lame Dobrev-portrayed vampire again, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing her again soon as Plec is clearly holding her hostage so everyone will be cool with having Klaus killed off. Even though Klaus has shown he’s been able to forgive and forget when it comes to everyone else this season.
The second instance of the Elena issue causing problems is with Tyler when the hybrid who they helped cure of his sire bond with Klaus is murdered by Jeremy so that he can take on the hunter’s mark and save Elena from her case of the crazies. I really hope this actually puts a division in the team, because they can’t just keep sacrificing one friend for the other. Even when this friend was someone we’ve never known before this episode. Clearly, if Tyler does take an issue with it, he’s going to be greatly outnumbered unless he’s able to change the minds of others.
Speaking of Team Hybrid, is no one going to take notice of the fact that Klaus keeping Elena locked up was actually the right thing to do? Again, Klaus has ulterior motives in the situation as he needs her safe so he can make more of his hybrid babies. But who says Klaus needs to keep Elena safe? If my previous theory is wrong and the cure is real then why does it have to be Elena that’s made human? There’s another doppelganger that could be found and turned back and that is the aforementioned Katherine. Were something to happen to Elena it wouldn’t be the be all end all for Klaus and I’m wondering if he’ll soon realize that.
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